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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 7, 2009 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

Of course its just my opinion, but Spring '81 was the very last "half-decent" tour the band undertook. Thats not to say they shouldnt have packed it in well before '81, but 5/16/81 is surely a gem. I'd go with Charlies SBD, though. Why would you want to hear all those filthy and smelly freaks making noise?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-16.sbd.miller.30647.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: snori Date: May 7, 2009 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

Don't give up on them too soon, Cliff. The Autumn European tour ia at least half-decent. After that I'd agree with you.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 7, 2009 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

Good to see you pop up showing a little love for Brent era stuff.

That show has always been on my short list of favorite post 77 shows. Plus it proves that lightning DOES strike twice, both times at Cornell in this instance.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 7, 2009 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

hahaha

How's it goin Cliffster?

How's the squid biting?

MIT 1970 !!!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf

Hungry Freaks Daddy

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 7, 2009 9:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

M.I.T. - May 6, 1970! Decent show. College campuses across USA erupted into mass protests over the Kent State Massacre - a protest against.Nixon's announcement that we had just invaded Cambodia. All my friends were getting drafted and sent to Vietnam. They were coming home in pine boxes, maimed, or addicted to heroin. My draft status was 1-A. Countless 1000s of us were getting drafted and sent to Vietnam. Over 4 million Vietnamese people were killed. 60,000 of our troops died.

That The Grateful Dead had the courage and selflessness to play a free benefit show at M.I.T.'s Kresge Plaza at the drop of a hat is a miracle to me. Not to mention, they played outdoors on a cool New England spring day - temps in low to mid 40s, probably humid. Ever try moving your fingers up and down the neck of your axe, grabbing frets, plucking strings, or clasping your drumsticks in that type of weather? Thanks jglynn for pushing GD in early May, 1970. It's one of the greatest stories ever told! The show kicks off appropriately w/ Dancin' in the Streets.

audio stream for SBD
info page on The Archive


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Poster: headgdhead Date: May 7, 2009 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

"Not to mention, they played outdoors on a cool New England spring day - temps in low to mid 40s, probably humid. Ever try moving your fingers up and down the neck of your axe, grabbing frets, plucking strings, or clasping your drumsticks in that type of weather? Thanks jglynn for pushing GD in early May, 1970. It's one of the greatest stories ever told!"

Sounds like a summers day in San Francisco. ;-)

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 7, 2009 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

Yes - I listened to the 5/6 show yesterday and love it. As I had mentioned I had a tape of this in early-mid 80's at college and listened to it alot. My uncle was in the draft but never picked, lucky for him. These MIT shows are indeed historic.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 7, 2009 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

So what makes May '81 the last half-decent tour?
The September/October '81 shows have a lot of highlights - Berkeley 9/11-12, 9/25+26, the London Rainbow run, Barcelona 10/19, maybe the Melkwegs, come to mind, and I'm probably leaving out a few.
I won't get into a list for '82 & '83, but if "half-decent" is the only requirement and you don't mind Jerry's vocals, quite a few shows, if not tours, might measure up. I would think if you can stand '81, the next couple years wouldn't be so bad....

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: May 7, 2009 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

I can only half-tolerate '81 anyway, and I get embarassed listening to anything performed hence. And give me a break with the Europe "China White" tour, a complete joke, if you ask me.

But give me credit, it wasnt that long ago that I couldnt listen to anything after 1977...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 7, 2009 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This Month In History (not 77)

ok, sounds like time for a samba in the rain, wave to the wind, liberty, foolish heart show for cliff [honestly, those first couple of tunes i've NEVER heard - other than libery]

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